The ambitious couple behind Shiba Ramen, located steps from Oakland’s City Hall, opened this location in early 2017, not long after it opened its space in the Emeryville Public Market. They’re also the duo behind the popular sake wine bar, The Periodic Table, also in the Emeryville Public Market, which has gotten lots of accolades for its clever chemistry theme, a nod to their prior careers. When they set out to create Shiba, they intentionally designed the logo (after their two dogs) and menu to be more approachable and less traditional Japanese. Ramen broths are categorized by flavor monikers like “spicy”, “clear” and “soymilk”, and the menu spells out non-pork and vegetarian options. Bonus points for a daily happy hour from 4-6:30 pm.